After receiving many emails asking similar questions about the stories Julie wrote and my narrative about how Julie & I fell in love, I’ve composed this FAQ:
FAQ: The Story Of Julie and Me
Q: What is Julie’s Story?
A: Julie Showalter was the fiercely intelligent, extraordinarily sexy, and loving woman with whom I had a outrageously wonderful marriage that ended with her death in late 1999 from cancer diagnosed the week of our wedding nearly 20 years earlier. She was also a brilliant scholar, the mother of our two sons, and a prize-winning author. How our relationship came to be and then evolved was, like Julie, complicated, intriguing, and romantic – and unlikely. When I started writing this blog, I thought that presenting that story via occasional postings might interest some friends and family who knew part but not all of the story. It turned out to be of general interest, which accounts for this FAQ.
Q: If the Julie Story consists of sporadic postings, how do I find those portions already posted?
A: The first installment is This Is How A Love Story Began. At the end of each installment (except the first) is a link to the previous installment and (except for the final installment) a link to the next installment.
All Julie’s Stories posts are listed in the category – Julie’s Story. Unfortunately, the blogging software lists such posts in chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the list. To read the story in chronological order, click on Julie’s Story, then scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find a bar with page numbers.
Click on the final number (probably 4). That will take you to the page with the earliest posts. Scroll down to the final post on that page, “This Is How A Love Story Began.” After completing that post, scroll up to the next one and continue.
A PDF document with all the posts comprising the core of Julie’s Story is now available. To download it, click on this link: Julie’s Story PDF. That should bring up a window that looks something like the image below (click on image to enlarge):
While the ads and arrangement of this page may vary, the key point is that only the green box labeled “Download (936.11 KB)” that is adjacent to the document icon labeled “Julie’s Story.pdf” is connected to the Julie’s Story download. Everything else is an ad, software downloads, etc.
Click on the green box labeled “Download (936.11 KB)” that is adjacent to the document icon labeled “Julie’s Story.pdf” and save the pdf to your computer. Double-clicking on the downloaded file should open it a a readable document.
Q: Is there a schedule for future postings of the Julie Story?
A: The primary episodes of the Julie Story have already been published although occasionally a anecdote that was previously forgotten or has some special pertinence (e.g., I made some of Julie’s Christmas letters available this past holiday season) finds its way to a post. My best guess is that I’ll continue to post sporadic entries but there is no schedule.
FAQ: Writings & Readings By Julie Showalter
Q: The stories Julie wrote and her NPR readings are posted at irregular intervals. How can I find them?
A: Julie’s published pieces are listed in the category, Julie’s Published.
Various fragments, almost-polished stories, writing exercises, and other unfinished pieces can be found at Julie’s Unpublished.
Julie’s unpublished novel, “Needlework,” is available in a series of posts (under the category Julie’s Needlework). The first post in the Needlework series can be found at Needlework by Julie Showalter – Prologue. Links to all currently published portions of Needlework can always be found at this link: Information About Needlework With Links To Published Portions. PDF versions of the posted sections of Needlework can also be found at that page.